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Big Hills and Big Rewards in the Columbia Gorge: Hiking the Nick Eaton Way to Indian Point

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 20, 2017
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Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. If you’re looking to see what kind of shape you’re in, or start hiking yourself into better shape, go tackle the Nick Eaton Way in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s part of an 8-mile loop…

Triple Falls: A Great Hike for a Hot Day in the Columbia River Gorge

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 9, 2017
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Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. If you’re looking for a good Columbia Gorge hike to tackle on a hot day, or just a good get-away walk after a workday, the Triple Falls hike is one of the…

Dog Mountain: A Classic, but Crowded, Columbia Gorge Hike

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 26, 2017
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Dog Mountain at peak bloom: Just those words conjure the image of a lush meadow far above the Columbia River, with mountains filling the view, flowers all around you — and rivers of people sharing it with you. I have an idea about that last part, but we’ll get to that. First, let’s discuss what…

Classic Columbia Gorge Hikes:
Eagle Creek to High Bridge

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 18, 2017
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    Eagle Creek to High Bridge

Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. If you want to know what hiking in the Pacific Northwest is all about, it comes down to three things: mountains, oceans, and forests filled with waterfalls. For that third category, I…

Columbia Gorge Wildflower Hike:
Coyote Wall Loop, 4-19-2017

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 20, 2017
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    Coyote Wall Loop, 4-19-2017

Here is another post in my series on wildflower hikes in the Columba River Gorge. I am in the process of revising my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, for a Spring 2018 publication. And since the last edition was put together, the Forest Service has gone and put up actual signs, on…

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 12, 2017
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    Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017

I took another hike in the Columbia River Gorge the other day, and the spring wildflowers just keep getting better! This time, I went to the Labyrinth and Coyote Wall area, just to the west of Catherine Creek. For perspective, this is around 5 miles east of the Hood River Bridge, on the Washington side…

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

This place is highlighted in my book, Peaceful Places: Portland. There’s this point, just past Washougal, where you officially enter The Gorge. I don’t know if that’s geologically true, but it’s officially true: there’s a big sign for Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and perfectly enough, it’s right past the sewage treatment plant! This…

Columbia River Gorge Hikes:
1872 Wagon Road and a Hidden Waterfall

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 8, 2017
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    1872 Wagon Road and a Hidden Waterfall
Gorge Hikes: 1872 Wagon Road

There’s a great book called Curious Gorge (buy it at Powells.com) that recently taught me about two hikes that sounded short and cool: one (#31) to an 1872 wagon road and another (#32) to a hidden waterfall off a section of the old Columbia River Highway. The trailhead was pretty much right on the shoulder…

Family-Friendly Columbia Gorge Hikes: Wachlella Falls

  • Paul Gerald
  • March 30, 2017
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Wachlella Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is a great hike for kids and families

Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. If you’re looking for a kid- and family-friendly hike in the Columbia River Gorge, look no farther than Wachlella Falls. It isn’t just that the falls itself is beautiful; the trail is…